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Nomusa: I Will Continue to Build Houses and Plant Trees
awaken2sun
Submitted by: awaken2sun | 6:38pm, Aug 21
Culver City CA United States
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My Vision of Peace
This hand painting project promotes peace and intercultural understanding by showing international viewers that South African women, even those in prison, are human beings with dreams similar to their own. When these women take hold of their lives and return to their communities more positive and productive than before, a more peaceful society is built.


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While interning for Phoenix Zululand Restorative Justice Organization in South Africa, I initiated a collaborative painting project that enabled a group of incarcerated Zulu women to visualize their futures in their hands. I met with ten women to speak about and make drawings about their plans for the future. I turned each of their drawings into a pattern inspired by Zulu and Ndebele motifs and returned daily to paint each inmate's pattern in their hands with tempera paint. This piece is a photograph of a painting on Nomusa's hands. Nomusa's pattern includes a picture of a house she built and tree she planted. She wishes to continue building houses when she leaves prison and returns to her community.

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judith     7:36pm, Aug 21

judith

This story leaves a tear in my heart! How Beautiful! I love that you are telling these women's stories in "pictographs" which is one of the oldest forms of graphic communication....a precursor to the written word. This is very very powerful!


smckee     8:17pm, Aug 21

smckee

Thank you Judith! You can find more info and images at www.prisonpainting.com/handpaintings


artseacat     9:54pm, Aug 21

artseacat

lovely makes me homesick!


awaken2sun     8:21am, Aug 22

awaken2sun

People sometimes ask me "Have you "read" that, "watched" that, "listened" to that? Since we launched The Peace Project it seems I have been doing two things -- working and taking care of my daughter, so my answer is always a laughing "If it's not on TheWhole9.com, I'm not seeing it." Seeing all of these incredible pieces of art and hearing stories like yours about the work you're doing and how you're using art to heal makes me glad that I spend more time seeing what's around TheWhole9.com where so many people have come together to prove that art does heal the world. Thank you for the incredible work you're doing and for sharing your story with us.


poorgood     10:53am, Aug 23

poorgood

love the shoes!


theredhead     6:15am, Aug 24

theredhead

Awesome.


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